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The Rose Garden - Most Beautiful Spot

Updated on June 11, 2015

Olympiad - Hybrid Tea Rose

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The Garden Rose

The garden rose collections for northern Florida have many beautiful choices. I decided to put in five rose bushes 3 years ago. The soil is so sandy living near the ocean, and the summer heat is really rough, therefore, you want to choose carefully what type of roses to grow. I wanted to make sure I had 5 different colors and some difference in the varieties.

Rose Bud Vase

Rose Quote - J. M. Barrie

“God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December.”

Garden Roses

This year the roses are gorgeous and I think they have more blooms than every before. When I prepared the area for planting the roses, I dug out an area of ground and spent money on quality planting soil. Then, I put black plastic over the area before I planted the new rose bushes. The next step was adding a thick layer of mulch. I watered them thoroughly, then used a good rose fertilizer. They have produced beautiful roses ever since. Weeds grow profusely here, which is why I used the black plastic.I watch the leaves carefully for black spot or anything else that would damage my plants.

About Roses

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Bonica Shrub Rose - My PhotosDesert Peace - Hybrid Tea RoseSun Flare - Floribunda RoseDesert PeaceKnockback RosesKnock Rose BudsSun Flare Full BloomDesert Peace BushOlympiad with BudRose Bushes
Bonica Shrub Rose - My Photos
Bonica Shrub Rose - My Photos
Desert Peace - Hybrid Tea Rose
Desert Peace - Hybrid Tea Rose
Sun Flare - Floribunda Rose
Sun Flare - Floribunda Rose
Desert Peace
Desert Peace
Knockback Roses
Knockback Roses
Knock Rose Buds
Knock Rose Buds
Sun Flare Full Bloom
Sun Flare Full Bloom
Desert Peace Bush
Desert Peace Bush
Olympiad with Bud
Olympiad with Bud
Rose Bushes
Rose Bushes

Life Author Unknown

“Life is like a rose. Beware of its thorns.”

How Do You Grow Roses?

My gardening plan is simple.I water the roses at least 3 times a week by letting the hose sit near each bush for about 20-30 minutes. I fertilize them about once a month. The rose bushes have actually grown larger than I anticipated, so I probably should have had a little more space between them. I trimmed them back in early spring so they are growing in a shape that is attractive.

Christopher Marlowe

“And I will make thee beds of roses

And a thousand fragrant posies.”

William Shakespeare

What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

“The lips were four red roses on a stalk.”

Leo F. Buscalgia

“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.”

The Bible

“Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.”

Wisdom of Solomon (Chapter II, Verse 8)

Lantana

I also have planted other flowering plants also that grow well in the Florida sun. I have several Lantana plants, which really grow wildly like a weed. They have to be trimmed occasionally. There are about 150 varieties of Lantanas. I love their flowers and they are a perennial plant, so they come back each year. They attract butterflies also, as does my Plumbago bush. They fill up a space around my bird bath, plus I have a bird and hummingbird feeder. Another unusual bush is the Shrimp plant; it is named for the shape of its flower. It survives drought and hot Florida sun very well.

Lantana Attracting Butterfly

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My PhotosPurple LantanaMultiple colored LantanaPlumbagoShrimp PlantMarigoldKalonchoe
My Photos
My Photos
Purple Lantana
Purple Lantana
Multiple colored Lantana
Multiple colored Lantana
Plumbago
Plumbago
Shrimp Plant
Shrimp Plant
Marigold
Marigold
Kalonchoe
Kalonchoe

Flower Gardens Summary

My flower gardens and the birds give me much pleasure. I do very little maintenance work and I planned it that way. I love hibiscus plants also, but it is too early for them to have blooms. I have also planted shrubs, like Azaleas but do not plant very many annuals, except the colorful Marigolds for as a pretty border flower. Even though it is just early May, the flowers are growing well and by summer the yard will look even better.

Landscape Design

Do you include roses in your landscape design?

  • 83% I love roses and have grown them for years.
  • 17% I have grown roses in the past, but none right now.
  • 0% I don't have roses but will plant some this year.
  • 0% I think rose are a little too much work.
  • 0% I have a black thumb.
12 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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    Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

    Pamela, I noticed that too...the roses in my neighborhood have never been prettier. We have Japanese beetles, though, and I have to watch them all the time.

    Up and beautiful!

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    snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

    Wow!!! You have quite a beautiful garden Pamela.. And you these Lantana flowers too. Ahhhmazzing!!! I love your hub plus all its quotes!

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    Your roses are so beautiful! Your hard work really pays off and your quotes fit so well. Thanks for sharing.

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    Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    Your roses are just beautiful Pamela. I love roses. It sounds as though you have a very easily mainted garden, that's the kind I like, give me perrenials over annuals any day apart from when you need that extra colour added.

    Wonderful hub with some good idvice.

    Awesome

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    mollymeadows, I don't know if the roses will continue to stay this beautiful, but I hope so. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    snowdrops, I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes along with the pictures. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    teaches, Thank you so much for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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    electricsky 5 years ago from North Georgia

    Well laid out hubpage - beautiful garden pictures. We too have some nice roses in our back yard.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Rosemary, I have always loved roses; so I am proud of them this year. It is harder for me to work in the garden now due to some health problems, so easy maintenance is my goal, and of course, beautiful flowers. Thanks for your comments.

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    Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

    Beautiful Hub! I used to be involved with gardens, but since I moved in with another family, the garden is not my area. I enjoyed the roses, but the Lantana brings me good memories, and looks so beautiful! Also the marigolds! I used both of these to expand the garden in one of the schools I directed, quite some time ago. Incidently, I was told they would never grow, but they flourished!

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    Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

    Pamela, could you add a photo of how you do the black plastic. Since California's climate is similar to Jamaica I believe this method would do me good.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Your roses are fabulous Pamela, it's well worth putting in the initial work for good results!

    Loved the quotes too- Voting up!

    Best wishes Lesley

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    Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

    Hi pamela99,

    You sure love your rose garden. I admire the way you've decorated your hub. Very flowery and attractive. Does your house look like this too. Nice, nice, nice. Beautifully voted up

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    John Young 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

    You forgot "Ring around the Rosie" Pam :-)

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    electricsky, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    joanveronica, That's interesting and it just goes to show you how versatile these flowers really are. You have great memories. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    I will have to see if I can find a photo or a video, but I will tell you that it is just a roll of black plastic which in the US is sold in stores that sell flowers, soil and garden tools.

    After preparing your soil and getting it level you lay down the plastic. You take a knife and make a crosswise cut to plant the bush. Then I put more dirt on top of the plastic and covered it with mulch. I hope this makes the instruction clearer and I will see what I can find. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    I can't imagine why I would have forgotten that as I remember it clearly from my childhood. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Oyewole Folarin 5 years ago from Lagos

    Your rose garden hub is not only informative but quite appealing to readers. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and interesting hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    incomeguru, I am glad you enjoyed this hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    This has been a wonderful year for roses, mine are so pretty. Thank's for the tips. Your roses are gorgeous...

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    b. Malin 5 years ago

    Who doesn't LOVE a Rose Garden...Wonderful Hub Pamela, your Roses are so Beautiful, and I Loved the quotes you chose. Now I leave Smiling!

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    Injured lamb 5 years ago

    Thanks so much Pamela99 for the great sharing...I have recently interested in planting roses too, and I have 3 different colors roses in my garden...I never know that Lantana attracting butterflies until this hub of yours...really appreciate for the knowledge you have shared...

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Ruby, It seems many people are enjoying more blooms than usual this year. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    b. Malin, I am glad to put a smile on your face. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Injured lamb, It sounds like you also really enjoy your flowers. Thank you for your comments.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Nice! Thanks for sharing the gorgeous pictures of your flowers and the wonderful quotes. I'm so glad I came across your beautiful hub this morning; it's a great way to start my day. You obviously have a green thumb! :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Om Paramapoonya, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and the pictures. I have learned a few gardening tricks over the years but there are many gardeners more knowledgeable than me. I appreciate your comments.

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    Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Pamela, your roses are beautiful. I love roses and when I lived up north I have a whole slew of them. Living in Florida it is harder to grow them. I have what the call Florida roses and they live through almost anything. They are pretty and have a beautiful aroma. Up and beautiful.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    KK Gals, Living in northern FL is apparently a bit easier to grow rose, but there are many plants I grew up north that I can't grow here. I am pleased with the roses, but still miss the Lilacs. Thanks for your comments.

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    Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

    Roses are my favorite flower. I plant roses at my home in Ohio, but I haven't tried planting them here in Florida. Your hub is so informative for me because you have planted roses in Florida in the sandy soil. Thanks so much for sharing your tips and I will certainly take your advice. Beautiful photos of beautiful roses! Your roses are just lovely!

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Suzette, I had roses in Ohio also, which is where I grew up. Hope the roses workout for your. I appreciate your comments.

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    breakfastpop 5 years ago

    Thank you for the wonderful tips about growing roses. Your advice is appreciated, your roses are lovely and you are terrific. Up, interesting, useful and awesome.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    I can't resist a flower hub. Your roses are beautiful and thanks for sharing the secret to your beautiful roses--watering it 3x a week and fertilizer, of course. I should remember that. Awesome.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    BPOP, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

    anginwu, I'm glad my rose care plane was helpful to you. Thank you for your comments.

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Pamela,

    Your roses and other flowers are beautiful and voting it that. I also grow roses in Houston along with a host of other flowering plants. We also have a birdbath and birdhouses and see lots of butterflies flittering about because of all the colorful flowers. We do not feed the hummingbirds but have shrubs with flowers that attract them. Enjoyed viewing your flowers. Thanks for this colorful hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Peggy, I would love to have a rose tree and if you can grow one in Houston then they should grow here also. I imagine your yard is beautiful. Thanks for your comments.

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    Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

    I had a heck of a time starting my rose bushes. Two of them flowered and did great. The other two did not flower for the first three years. They are work, but very lovely!

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Bedbusabscond, They are work. I have grown roses in the past, but this time I tried to start out with better quality dirt, and so forth. Thanks for your comments.

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    Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Hello Pamela, I love roses lantana, and the others also! You have beautifully colored roses, and I enjoyed your photos and quotes and verses. I grew up in California where it was much easier to grow all kinds of roses, and I miss that. So all the more, enjoyed your hub! Lantana is a winner, and your photo shows why it's a favorite of mine, butterflies love it too. :) Have a great weekend! Voted up, beautiful, awesome, interesting...

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Pamela,

    This is one of the most comprehensive, professional and beautiful floral hubs I have ever read.

    Roses will always be special as Mom loved them. They have always been a part of our floral landscape, such a beautiful and regal flower.

    Your photography is exquisite and your selected quotes are amazing. This is informative as well as most attractively formatted with the borders.

    Great work-- voted UP & UABI-- see you "for duty" after you calm down a little (LOL)! Hugs, Maria

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    The Lantana in your garden looks great. Love the roses and the information on them. I think I have three roses that have came back this year. Enjoyed your hub. Voted Up.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    oceansnsunsets, I read that butterflies liked Lantana, which is why I chose that flower. Thank you so much for your comments and I hope you have a wonderful weekend also.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Maria, I think I am blushing over your compliments! :) Thank you so much for your kind words. Hugs to you. Pam

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    moonlake, I appreciate your comments and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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    Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

    I very much enjoyed your rose hub and especially liked your literary references. Thank you.

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

    Hi Pam... like always nothing but the best comes form your fingertips. An beautiful piece here and roses and other flowers are always a favorite even in the frozen North... smiles...

    Hugs from Canada

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Rolly, I always appreciate your warm comments and I think many people love flowers, no matter where they live. Hugs back to you.

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